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Prof. Allain joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering in Fall of 2013. Prof. Allain is the author of over 180 peer-reviewed and proceedings papers in both experimental and computational modeling work in the area of plasma and ion-surface interactions. Prof. Allain leads the Radiation Surface Science and Engineering Lab (RSSEL) at the University of Illinois. His research includes developing in-situ and in-operando surface structure and composition characterization of complex surfaces under low-energy irradiation designing function at the nanoscale and mesoscale. Prof. Allain has been recipient of numerous awards including the DOE Early Career Award in 2010, the Purdue Research Excellence Award in 2011, the Fulbright Scholar Award in 2015, Illinois Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow in 2016, College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research in 2017 and the 2018 American Nuclear Society Fusion Energy Division Technical Accomplishment Award.

Education/Academic qualification

Nuclear Engineering, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nuclear Engineering, M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Q Science (General)
  • Plasma Surface Interactions
  • Fusion
  • In-Situ diagnostics
  • Surface Science
  • Nanomanufacturing
  • Advanced Interfaces
  • Advanced Materials
  • Irradiation
  • Biosensors
  • Diagnostics
  • Nanosynthesis
  • Plasma Engineering
  • Nanoscale
  • Mesoscale
  • Surface Modification
  • Nanopatterning
  • Semiconductors
  • Adaptive Materials
  • Extreme Environments
  • Silicon
  • Lithiated Graphite
  • Lithium
  • R Medicine
  • Stents
  • Nanocellulose
  • Nanostructured Biointerfaces
  • Biological Applications
  • Nanotechnology
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Invitro
  • Metallic Stents
  • Therapeutics
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Porous
  • Metal Sponges
  • Biomaterials
  • Implants
  • Advanced Biointerfaces
  • magnetic hydrogels

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Research Output 2000 2019

Open Access
titanium carbides
Titanium carbide
Surface morphology

Summary of the FESAC Transformative Enabling Capabilities Panel Report

Maingi, R., Lumsdaine, A., Allain, J. P., Chacon, L., Gourlay, S. A., Greenfield, C. M., Hughes, J. W., Humphreys, D., Izzo, V., McLean, H., Menard, J. E., Merrill, B., Rapp, J., Schmitz, O., Spadaccini, C., Wang, Z., White, A. E. & Wirth, B. D., Apr 3 2019, In : Fusion Science and Technology. 75, 3, p. 167-177 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fusion reactions

Balancing biofunctional and biomechanical properties using porous titanium reinforced by carbon nanotubes

Pavón, J. J., López, D., Mondragón, F., Gallego, J., Arias, S. L., Luitjohan, K., Holybee, B., Torres, Y., Rodríguez, J. A., Echeverry-Rendón, M., Civantos, A. & Allain, J. P., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Carbon Nanotubes
Carbon nanotubes
Strength of materials

Deuterium uptake and sputtering of simultaneous lithiated, boronized, and oxidized carbon surfaces irradiated by low-energy deuterium

Domínguez-Gutiérrez, F. J., Krstić, P. S., Allain, J. P., Bedoya, F., Islam, M. M., Lotfi, R. & Van Duin, A. C. T., May 21 2018, In : Journal of Applied Physics. 123, 19, 195901.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Effect of boronization on plasma-facing graphite surfaces and its correlation with the plasma behavior in NSTX-U

Bedoya, F., Allain, J. P., Scotti, F., LaBombard, B., Kaita, R. & Krstic, P. S., Dec 1 2018, In : Nuclear Materials and Energy. 17, p. 211-216 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle